Chris Snelling has replaced Matt Edison as Bury St Edmunds’ captain ahead of tomorrow’s National League visit from Hertford (3pm).
The 24-year-old winger has been handed the position following Edison’s decision to step down in order to concentrate on his career.
After enjoying stints with Cambridge, Peterborough Lions and Luton, Snelling returned for the 2012/13 season and played an integral role in helping Bury being crowned champions of London One North following an unbeaten season to see them reach the National League for the first time.
Snelling will be hoping his first match as skipper will be an improvement on their opening match in which Bury slipped to a surprising 20-13 loss away at newly-promoted Gravesend.
“It’s an honour to be selected as captain, and particularly so as it’s the club that I started playing for at 12,” said Snelling. “I am excited for the season ahead.
“We’re a strong-knit squad, a band of brothers and together are committed to working hard and delivering great results.”
Meanwhile, director of rugby Gavin Hogg feels his side were given a shot of realism in their quest for promotion after suffering the opening-day defeat.
With aspirations of climbing out of National Three London and South East, Bury were dealt an early shock and ahead of welcoming Hertford — who suffered a 40-20 defeat to Amersham and Chiltern on Saturday — to The Haberden tomorrow, Hogg is keen to make amends.
“I think it was certainly a wake-up call for us and a much-needed shot of realism,” he said. “It is a match that will be looked back on as one that slipped and we can’t afford to have too many of those.
“Hopefully we will see a reaction and for us Saturday is an opportunity to put things right. I was surprised Hertford lost and I think that was the stand-out shock of the weekend.
“They are traditionally one of the most physical sides in the league and so we will have to match them and hopefully that will see us come out on top.”
Read the full match report from Bury St Edmunds’ opening-day defeat on Page 171